Walt Disney was born in an average middle-American town to average middle-American parents. But even with that average beginning he created a world that people love to visit and that many wish they could live in permanently. He is the perfect role model for our New Year’s resolutions.
Most of us come from average beginnings and though we may have dreams of greatness we continue to fail at the resolutions we make each year. Disney had his share of failures but he was very good at fulfilling his resolutions. If he could accomplish something as grand as Disneyland we should have no problem losing weight or saving money. However, maybe we could take a hint from Walt, the animator.
Find a visual representation of your goal. If you want to visit Walt Disney World this year print out a picture of Cinderella Castle. If you want to lose weight you could find a picture of a skinny person or print out a picture of Tweedledee and Tweedledum from Disney’s animated Alice in Wonderland so you that you know what you don’t want to look like. Whatever your resolution is find a picture that represents it.
Now I want you to place it wherever you need inspiration. If you want to save for a trip take the picture and wrap it around your credit cards. If you want to lose weight put the picture on your refrigerator. The point of the picture is to remind yourself of your resolution so you can succeed.
Walt Disney was a very focused man and that helped him succeed. Most of us have to learn to be focused and the picture is a great reminder that we can all be as great as Walt Disney. Happiness squared.
Goofy Quote: As an animator I am sure Walt Disney surrounded himself with visual inspirations. A drawing of a simple mouse helped make all his resolutions a reality.
“I only hope that we don’t lose sight of one thing – that it was all started by a mouse.” Walt Disney
“Born of necessity, the little fellow literally freed us of immediate worry. He provided the means for expanding our organization to its present dimensions and for extending the medium cartoon animation towards new entertainment levels. He spelled production liberation for us.” Walt Disney
“Mickey Mouse is, to me, a symbol of independence. He was a means to an end.” Walt Disney